Airstream Co. was the only travel trailer company to survive the Great Depression. On the onset of World War II, Byam stopped the production of Airstream models and used his experience in aluminum fabricating in the aircraft industry. When the war ended, Byam re-opened his doors and the production of Airstream trailers hasn't stopped since.
Wally Byam died at the age of 66 on 22 July, 1962 of a brain tumour.
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